Remembering fallen comrades

EACH year National Police Remembrance Day is celebrated on September 29 to reflect on the officers who have passed away while on duty.

On Friday, the Queanbeyan Police Station held a Dawn Service attended by about 100 people including many dignitaries. 

The ceremony included a march by the catafalque party, prayer, blessing of the touchstones and laying of the wreaths. 

In keeping with the ongoing tradition of the service, probationary constable Emily Chisholm-Watson, the most junior and youngest member of the police station was chosen to address the ceremony.

Sergeant Leanne Lomas and retired senior constable Bruce Carter also read out poem "I Am". Queanbeyan Sergeant Paul Batista said National Police Remembrance Day is an important day to remember those who have been killed on duty as well as off duty."It's to commemorate those police that have died in the line of service," he said. 

"Basically a time to reflect, that's the main thing, the friend and colleagues who have passed away." 

From March, 29 1865 to April 4, 2005 a total of 11 police officers have died in the line of duty within the Monaro Local Area Command.

The first was Sergeant John Walsh who was thrown from his horse and the most recent was constable Graeme Lees who was en route to Queanbeyan Police Station when his vehicle left the Hume Highway and collided with a tree.

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